14 Dec Artist Spotlight: Jason Frilot
On Sunday, December 27th, 2015, Jason Frilot will be performing for the three year anniversary of the Coexist through Music Series at Ruby’s Elixir to benefit Operation Coexist.
How old were you when you started playing music and how long have you been a musician?
I was 14 when I started writing to hip-hop tracks with my neighborhood friends. Writing was always my passion and the beat gave me a rhythm to focus on. That’s where the songwriting started. I picked up the guitar at a young age but I just learned a few chords. As a self-taught musician, it wasn’t until after the first band I fronted as a vocalist at the age of 21 that I learned how to sing and play guitar at the same time. By the time I was 25, I had a few songs under my belt and I played open mics all around New Orleans to build my experience as a solo performer. Altogether, I have about 20 years put into my songwriting experience.
How would you describe your music? What projects are you currently working on with your music?
I guess I consider my music folk/hop/rock with a reggae twist. The genre of each song really depends on the mood I was in and what mood I wanted to pull out of it. Currently and for the past 6 years or so, I’ve been working as Freelow, The phonetic spelling of my last name ‘Frilot’, with three amazing artists: Adam Coovadia, Jackson Turner and Mike Warren.
How has music changed your life?
Music has made my life what it is in every way. The notable people I meet, places I’ve been and things I have done are all because of the unity that music brings.
Why do you believe it is important for all kids to have access to music education?
Kids feel misunderstood often because most lack the ability to communicate how they truly feel emotionally. Music is the ultimate way to express yourself. Also, through music, you learn the true meaning of oneness when playing with other musicians. The discipline it takes to learn how to play an instrument truly adds character that kids can only gain from.
How many Operation Coexist events have you performed in throughout the past three years? What is your favorite part about being a part of these shows?
I’ve performed about 5 or 6 Operation Coexist events. The people that come together for the love of music and humanity is what makes it so special to me.